Layered Bell Sleeve Pattern – How to Sew?

Last Updated on August 14, 2023

Welcome back, darlings! I have an exciting project for you in today’s tutorial: crafting a layered bell sleeve pattern. This unique design is not only stylish but also remarkably easy to make. If you’re a beginner looking to try pattern drafting, this is an excellent place to start.

Layered Bell Sleeve pattern

These sleeves can be added to blouses or dresses, instantly elevating your wardrobe with a statement piece.

Let’s dive into the layered bell sleeve pattern tutorial!

Supplies You’ll Need

Step-by-Step Instructions

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Measure and Adjust Sleeve Length

Measure and Adjust Sleeve Length
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  • Measure the distance from the wrist line of your pattern to your desired sleeve length.
  • Mark this measurement on your pattern, creating the bottom of your sleeve.

Mark Label Placements

Layered Bell Sleeve pattern
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  • Determine the starting point for your first label, usually about 20 centimeters from the bottom of the sleeve. Mark this as “Label 1.”
  • Decide the overlap distance between labels, typically around 10 centimeters. Mark where the second label starts.
  • Measure the length of each label (e.g., 20 centimeters) and mark their placements accordingly.

Create the Label Patterns

Layered Bell Sleeve pattern
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  • Transfer the label length measurements to blank sheets of paper and draw rectangles for each label.
  • Divide each rectangle into four equal parts.

Cut Out and Spread Labels

Cut Out and Spread Labels
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  • Cut out the label patterns, and while holding them, spread them out slightly to create volume and a ruffled effect.
  • Ensure the cutouts are evenly spaced.

Trace and Cut Ruffled Labels

  • Place each spread-out label on a new sheet of paper and trace around the shape.
  • Connect the markings with a smooth curved line to create the ruffled effect.

Cut Out the Main Sleeve

  • Cut out the main sleeve pattern along the marked lines, shaping the bell sleeve.

Assemble the Sleeves

  • Align the sides of the sleeve and sew them together.
  • Attach the third label to the sides, connecting it to the straight line.
  • Add the second label above the third, and the first label at the top.

Finishing Touches

  • Your layered bell sleeve pattern is complete and ready to be used for your sewing projects!

Video: Sewing Pattern Tutorial – Layered Bell Sleeve


Congratulations, you’ve successfully crafted a stunning layered bell sleeve pattern! This design adds a touch of elegance and drama to any outfit, making it a versatile and fashionable addition to your sewing repertoire. If you enjoyed this tutorial, feel free to leave any questions or comments below, and happy sewing!

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